What if we repaired, recycled and reused instead of simply throwing things away? That's the idea behind the circular economy, one of the headline topics at a conference organized by French business association AFEP on February 1, 2017. Thirty-three companies including Total came together to integrate this approach into their operations. Here’s a closer look at our commitments:
- Commitment no. 1: Include a circular economy criterion in the Company's purchasing policies.
- Take the energy efficiency, material efficiency and sustainability of products into consideration in our purchases.
- Commitment no. 2: Reduce waste and use waste as a resource.
- Recover more than 50% of our waste and implement waste reduction and zero waste to landfill programs at our sites.
- Commitment no. 3: Develop polymers containing up to 50% recycled plastic.
- Manufacture new ranges of polymers incorporating recycled polymers. Recycling one metric ton of polymers reduces CO2 emissions by one metric ton.
- Commitment no. 4: Equip 5,000 service stations worldwide with solar panels, including 800 in France.
- Install potential capacity of 200 MW, or the equivalent of the energy used by a city of 200,000 people. This will also allow Total to reduce its CO2 emissions by 100,000 metric tons each year.
- Commitment no. 5: Improve the average energy efficiency of the industrial facilities operated by Total by 1% a year between 2010 and 2020.
- This will allow us to reduce both our oil and gas consumption and our greenhouse gas emissions.